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Monday, April 17, 2017

TODAY: Robert Pippin Lecture: The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness at 5:00 PM in the Humanities Center.



THIS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: "Modernity and Its Others" in 501 Cathedral of Learning and the Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning.



THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY: "Diverse Spiritualities" Symposium in 114 O'Hara Student Center, 630 William Pitt Union, 501 Cathedral of Learning and the Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning. 



ONGOING: Please RSVP for the May 1st - 5th Humanities Center Spring Faculty Seminar with John Durham Peters!




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This week in the humanities Center

Robert Pippin Lecture: The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness


Robert B. Pippin (University of Chicago)

Monday, April 17, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books and articles on German idealism and later German philosophy, including Kant's Theory of Form; Hegel's Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness; Modernism as a Philosophical Problem; and Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations.  In addition he has published on issues in political philosophy, theories of self-consciousness, the nature of conceptual change, and the problem of freedom. He also wrote a book about literature and philosophy: Henry James and Modern Moral Life. A collection of  his recent essays in German, Die Verwirklichung der Freiheit appeared in 2005, as did The Peristence of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath, and his book on Nietzsche, Nietzsche, moraliste français: La conception nietzschéenne d'une psychologie philosophique appeared in 2006. His most book, Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy, was published on February 17, 2012 by the University of Virginia Press. He was twice an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, is a winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, and was recently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. He is also a member of the German National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Cultural Studies Annual Distinguished Lectures: "Modernity and Its Others"



Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, 2017
501 Cathedral of Learning


The Cultural Studies Program invites all faculty and students to its signature event of the year: a lecture series featuring distinguished speakers which runs in conjunction with the CLST Common Seminar and which shares this year's theme of "Modernity and Its Others." The Common Seminar Instructor Professor Mohammed Bamyeh (Sociology), has brought to together an exciting program of three speakers representing departments of history, anthropology, and AfroAmerican and Africana studies.

Professor Bamyeh will host the three lectures, all of which will take place in 501 Cathedral of Learning:

April 19, 12:00-1:30 PM: Michelle Moyd, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University, "Global South Modernities in World War I."

April 20, 12:15-1:45 PM: Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, "On Female Friendships: Saheli and Sexual Politics in 1960s Pakistani Cinema."

April 20, 5:00-5:30 PM: Event reception: food and nonalcoholic beverages.

April 20, 5:30-7:00 PM: Angela Dillard, Earl Lewis Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies, "Civil Rights Conservatism in an Anxious Age.



Email Ronald J. Zboray at zboray@pitt.edu with any questions.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies & the Department of Africana Studies Present the Symposium: DIVERSE SPIRITUALITIES




Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22, 2017
630 William Pitt Union & 501 Cathedral of Learning


The 3 LECTURES listed below are part of the Diverse Spiritualities Symposium. These lectures are open to the public and all welcome!

LECTURE 1: The Embodied Power of Sankofa
Stephanie Y. Mitchem (University of South Carolina)

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 PM
630 William Pitt Union
Pre-keynote reception from 5:00 - 6:00 PM

LECTURE 2: Seeing into the Unseen: Embodied Knowledge & Disembodied Spirits in Islamic West Africa
Rudolph Ware (University of Michigan)

Friday, April 21, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
630 Wlliam Pitt Union
Pre-keynote reception from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

LECTURE 3: Embodiment, Relationality, and Materiality in African Religion and the African Diaspora Traditions
Jacob K. Olupona (Harvard University Divinity Scho

Saturday, April 22, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 PM
501 Cathedral of Learning
Post-keynote reception from 3:30 - 4:15 PM



For more information, please contact the Diverse Spiritualities Symposium Organizers Yolanda Covington Ward (YDC1@pitt.edu) and Jeanette Jouili (JOUILI@pitt.edu).


This symposium is sponsored by the Year of Diversity, the Humanities Center, the Faculty Research Scholarship Program, the Dept. of Africana Studies, the African Studies Program, the Dept. of  Religious Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Studies Center, the World History Center, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Dept. of History, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Dept. of Theatre Arts.


Upcoming Humanities Center Events

The Film Market in Russia and the CIS: Statistics, Analytics, Politics


A Workshop by Kseniia Leont'eva

Associate Professor, Saint-Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television


Senior Analyst, Nevafilm Research


Editor-in-chief, Cinemascope



Saturday, April 29, 2017 

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

407 Cathedral of Learning 



Sponsored by: The Center for Russian and East European Studies, The Humanities Center, The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Film Studies Program, and The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies. 

Spring Faculty Seminar with Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: John Durham Peters


John Durham Peters (Yale University) 


"Atmospheres and Inscriptions"


May 1 - 5, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM each day

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning



If you are interested in participating in this seminar, please RSVP to the Humanities Center to confirm.  Although all are welcome, these seminars have filled in the past, so an early confirmation is recommended to help guarantee your space in the seminar.



This year’s visiting fellow and seminar leader, John Durham Peters, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Yale University, is an intellectual historian and philosopher of media and communication. Professor Peters has published books and essays on such varied topics as the history of communication research, the philosophy of technology, pragmatism, the public sphere, and media and religion.  His first book, Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1999.  The winner of the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address from the National Communication Association, Speaking into the Air has been translated into eight different languages and earned Professor Peters wide recognition as an intellectual and cultural historian.  His second book, Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, was published by University of Chicago Press in 2005.  His most recent book, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media, which explores a range of media infrastructures—from television transmitters to the sun—was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.



Email Humanities Center Associate Director, Brent Malin at bmalin@pitt.edu with any questions. 


John Durham Peters Lecture: “Projection and Protection: On the Deep Optical and Ballistical Intersections of Screens”


John Durham Peters (Yale University)



Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

501 Cathedral of Learning 



The ubiquity of screens today invites us to recast the ways we think about the history of media.  In particular, the dual optical and environmental aspects of the screen concept since the early nineteenth century invite reflection on a longer genealogy of media practices that both project and protect, that both show and shield.  In this paper, I outline a lineage of the screen concept that emphasizes the intertwined history of optics and ballistics.  I do this first via a sketch of historical convergences between cultural practices of targeting and visualizing in western history and second via a more focused look at postwar practices that combine detonation and image-making in photography, film, and television, especially around the atomic bomb.



This public lecture by John Durham Peters is part of the Humanities Center Spring Faculty Seminar "Atmospheres and Inscriptions". 







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CARNEGIE NEXUS EVENT: Barkskins: An evening with Annie Proulx


In partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. 



Thursday, April 20, 2017 

7:00 PM 

Carnegie Music Hall 



For the closing event of Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human, join us for a night with National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx. In conversation with Carnegie Museums President Jo Ellen Parker, Proulx will share the historic and moving landscapes of her new epic masterwork, Barkskins, about the taking down of the world’s forests. “For the past decade, artists have been responding to what they see in a human-damaged world of the Anthropocene,” Proulx notes, “and part of my intention with Barkskins was to make a literary comment in the same vein.”


“Annie Proulx is on the side of the angels. We need more writers like her to hammer home the message that we had better stop mistreating one another and our planet.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES



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